Chromebooks continually attract previous buyers and new buyers alike. One of the reasons for this is that they are extremely easy to use and generally quite affordable. However, one thing that is also becoming clear about Chromebooks is how secure they are. Earlier this month, Google announced that they were increasing the bounty they offer to bug hunters as it would seem they are far more harder to crack than other systems or browsers. So at a time when security is continually hitting the headlines, Chromebooks seem to continually be offering consumers a very safe laptop experience. If you happen to be in the market for a new Chromebook, then here are out ten best Chromebook picks for March 2016.
10. Acer Chromebook C740
Just about maintaining its position in the top 10 this month is the Acer Chromebook C740. This is one of the latest C7 Chromebooks to come from Acer and is one which continues the trend of offering a very well-built Chromebook, which is also extremely portable. However, it is also a pricey Chromebook for its size and one which rarely falls below the $250 marker. For that you are looking at an 11.6-inch display, a 1366 x 768 resolution, 4GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and Intel's Celeron (3205U) dual-core processor.
9. Toshiba Chromebook 2
Toshiba's Chromebooks have continually been popular options over the last year or two and it is easy to see why with the Toshiba Chromebook 2. This one comes sporting a middle of the road 13.3-inch sized display, but unlike some of the other options in this price range is equipped with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Inside is not too bad either, with 4GB RAM, 16GB storage and an Intel Celeron (N2840) processor powering everything. Right now, you are looking at about $270 for this well-performing and solid Chromebook option.
8. HP Chromebook 14
The HP Chromebook 14 is easily one of the best size to price ratio Chromebooks and for this reason, has remained a popular option for quite some time. This is a Chromebook which can currently be picked up for about $230 and offers a nicely sized 14-inch display, although for some its resolution can be a let down coming in at 1366 x 768. Inside, the Chromebook 14 is equipped with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and is one of the few options to come sporting an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.
7. Samsung Chromebook 2
As one might expect with Samsung, not only do they have Chromebooks, but their options are also extremely well-built ones. Sporting a Samsung design and build, the Samsung Chromebook 2 is one which is always worth checking out. This is a Chromebook which comes equipped with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and is available in two size formats including a smaller 11.6-inch display and a larger Full HD 13.3-inch display. The processors inside do differ between the two models, although both come sporting Samsung's own Exynos processors. In terms of pricing, they are not too badly priced either with the smaller option currently available just under $200 and the larger option available for just under $300.
6. ASUS Chromebook Flip
One of the hardest things to achieve with a Chromebook is one which can also be used as a 'convertible' device. However, the Chromebook Flip from ASUS does this quite well. As well as coming boasting some decent specs, this is also a Chromebook which can be used in a variety of positions including a tablet form and all for under $270. The big downside though is that this one sports a very small 10.1-inch display. The rest of the specs are pretty good however, with 4GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a Rockchip (RK3288) processor all included.
5. Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-131
Acer is no stranger to making a good Chromebook and in fact, their name appears on this list more than any other manufacturer. And while they do offer some really nice spec devices, for those looking for a deal, the Acer Chromebook 11 (CB3-131) is the one to go for as it comes with a very affordable $179.99 retail price. For that figure, this one comes equipped with an 11.6-inch display, along with a 1366 x 768 resolution. While inside, it comes boasting 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and an Intel Celeron (N2840) processor. Right now, this one is currently available for only $165.
4. Lenovo 100s Chromebook
By design, Chromebooks are affordable. However, there are some options which are ultra-affordable and the Lenovo 100s is one of them. This is a Chromebook which retails for $179.99 and in return comes equipped with an 11.6-inch display (1366 x 768), 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and is powered by an Intel Celeron (N2840) processor. However, right now is a great time to pick this up as it is currently available for only $155, a great price for a nice performing Chromebook.
3. Dell Chromebook 13
Dell is quickly making a name for itself in the Chromebook market as the go-to manufacturer for those looking for a more high-end product and the Dell Chromebook 13 is no exception. This is a Chromebook which although is far higher priced than most of the others, is one which does come boasting a great build and great specs. In fact, you can essentially choose the specs you want although as you would expect, the price goes up with the spec count. Their middle of the road option comes with a 13.3-inch Full HD display, 4GB RAM, 16GB storage and is powered by an Intel i3 processor and will set you back about $500.
2. Chromebook Pixel
In all respects, the Chromebook Pixel is the best Chromebook you can buy. After all, it is Google's own proof of concept Chromebook and stands head and shoulders above the rest. However, it is priced to match and as a result defies the law of 'Chromebooks being affordable'. Still, if you have $999 to $1299 spare for a Chromebook, then in return you can expect 8GB RAM, 32GB storage and an Intel i5 processor...at a minimum.
1. Acer Chromebook 15
It seems as though the Acer Chromebook 15 has remained top of this list for too long. And it has. However, there is nothing that has come along which offers as good value for money. You can buy higher spec Chromebooks like the Pixel or the Dell Chromebook 13 but you are paying for the luxury. Not to mention, the Chromebook 15 comes in multiple variants so you can choose the right spec count for you and your wallet. While this is also the biggest Chromebook available as it comes with a well-sized 15.6-inch display, making it a seriously good and affordable alternative to a laptop. For these reasons, the Acer Chromebook 15 still remains the one to beat and the best Chromebook for the money that you can currently buy.